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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffHappySwordsman Date: May 25, 2014 12:33am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Did you know...

....on Saturday night I watched a television movie (actually a video-taped play) called "The Journey of the Fifth Horse" from 1966, for which the main character is played by.....Dustin Hoffman, some time before he did "The Graduate". It originally aired on NET, which was the predecessor of PBS. He also did a 1966 TV play called "The Star Wagon", which I haven't seen.

This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2014-05-25 07:33:27

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Poster: Quigs Date: May 25, 2014 8:38am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Did you know...

The Star Wagon I have seen. It also had Orson Bean in it as
If you downloaded the Journey of the fifth house, I'd love to see it.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffHappySwordsman Date: May 25, 2014 10:39am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Did you know...

I would upload it, but as it is still under copyright it cannot be uploaded here.

It's interesting that popular anthology series like "Studio One", "Kraft Television Theatre", "Four Star Playhouse", etc are often public domain, yet less popular series like "Studio 57", "Pepsi-Cola Playhouse" and "NET Playhouse" are still under copyright. Some episodes of "NET Playhouse" are on DVD, but one cannot say the same for the Pepsi series and the Heinz series.

I have insomnia, I was planning to go to sleep at 3:00AM (having woken up at 10:00AM), but I am not getting tired nor relaxed enough to go to sleep. As such, I am planning to upload an anthology episode which *is* public domain, an episode of "Four Star Playhouse". I love that show. Even when the episode itself is dated, it still manages to maintain interest.

Have you ever heard of popular 1960s singer Cilla Black? In the 1970s she did two comedy anthology series for British commercial television: "Cilla's World of Comedy" and "Cilla's Comedy Six". Both were entertaining series. Neither are public domain obviously, though they are on DVD.

Another interesting yet rarely discussed anthology series from the UK is "The Galton and Simpson Playhouse", also from the 1970s. It was a seven-episode comedy anthology series written by the two men who wrote "Hancock's Half Hour" and "Steptoe and Son".

Useless trivia: Although American anthology series were popular in Australia starting with the introduction of television in Sydney and Melbourne in 1956, the television stations of the country did not have the financial resources to produce a weekly anthology series of its own. However, public broadcaster ABC produced two television plays each month, and from 1959 to 1960 commercial television offered "Shell Presents", a monthly series. Unfortunately, by the time Australian television had the budgets to produce regular anthology series, the genre had already died. Although I think some did air in the 1970s, not sure how many.

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Poster: Quigs Date: May 25, 2014 11:57am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Did you know...

Thank you for info. Matt. Try to relax maybe a nice stroll in fall air of Australia? A short one always helps me to sleep.

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Poster: John Quigley Date: May 25, 2014 12:03pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Did you know...

Small world... I live fairly close to Cilla Black. I've never met her because I don't think this is her main residence, but by all accounts she's nice.

She recently got a BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award and she still presents shows on TV over here. "Blind Date" and "Cilla's Moment of Truth", as well as "Surprise, Surprise" were huge hits in the 90s/2000s.

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